“Dr. J” Julius Erving has had his share of off-court affairs go public, notably an affair with a sportswriter that resulted in a daughter. But his latest scandal is considerably more disheartening to the image fans have of Erving as a statesman for the game.
The New York Post reports:
Legendary basketball player Julius Erving is being sued for allegedly cheating a wealthy Manhattan woman out of more than $420,000 in a deal with crooked money manager Kenneth Starr.
Mary Gilbert’s suit — which charges Erving with breach of contract and fiduciary duty — seeks payment of all her lost profits, along with “prejudgment interest” and punitive damages.
Gilbert, 71, says she met the Hall of Fame hoopster in 1990 through Starr, who hooked her while amassing a roster of clients that included such celebs as Uma Thurman, Martin Scorsese and Sylvester Stallone.
via Manhattan woman sues Dr. J, saying he cheated her out of $420K – NYPOST.com.
Erving’s partner in Commonwealth Investors is awaiting March sentencing for a $50 million Ponzi scheme, which doesn’t seem to make this sound like a crackpot lawsuit. Commonwealth Investors netted Erving over $2.9 million over 15 years. Defrauding someone is bad enough. Defrauding a 71-year-old woman is just downright despicable, should the suit result in a favorable ruling for the plaintiff.
And now, to distract you from how depressing this is, the greatest Dr. J commercial ever.
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For nearly 25 minutes, the Lakers star talked about his pending retirement. It was pretty cool.
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You can’t watch this trip to the line and convince me otherwise.
Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.
Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.
So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.
So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?
Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.
Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.